April 2015 – 33rd Session of the Board of Directors of the Global Fund, new strategy, achievements and human rights

  • April 9, 2015
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englishLast week was held, in Geneva, the 33rd meeting of the Board of Directors of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This time it was intended to begin the process of development of the new strategy, which is expected to guide the funding mechanism in what will perhaps be the most significant years to achieve a breakthrough in the eradication of the three diseases. This new strategy offers the opportunity to increase what the Fund does regarding the promotion and protection of human rights.

The new strategy must also be able to demonstrate a clear strategic direction in terms of the sustainability of the programs once the Fund stops working in many countries. To carry out this strategy it is important to sustain and increase the financial commitment of donors, which will be in evidence in the next period of replenishment of resources starting this year.

To date, the Global Fund and its implementers have achieved the following results: 7.3 million people are receiving anti-retroviral treatment; 12.3 million new cases of tuberculosis have been diagnosed and treated; and 450 million insecticide-treated nets were distributed.

There is the need for further guidance on the mandate of the Global Fund when it comes to interventions in co-infections and co-morbidities, as it is the case of viral hepatitis. The proposal is very progressive regarding the role of the Fund in the treatment of these infections, but unclear in relation to the origin of the financial resources, since the discussed decision includes the provision of not disturbing the existing resources allocated to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

In relation to the new financing model, 75% the proposals have been recommended to proceed to the stage of agreed subsidies. Similarly, 16 regional proposals whose total demand represents 148 million dollars have been received. Therefore, significant cuts in the request are expected by organizations and regional mechanisms.

Within the most important aspects already implemented are the introduction of minimum requirements on human rights in contracts for subsidies and a new system of complaints of human rights violations.

In short, the Global Fund is starting a process of reformulation of the strategy and it is important that not only Governments but civil society participate actively.

Source: http://www.corresponsalesclave.org/2015/03/la-junta-se-reune-para-revisar-la-estrategia-del-fondo-mundial.html

Last week was held, in Geneva, the 33rd meeting of the Board of Directors of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This time it was intended to begin the process of development of the new strategy, which is expected to guide the funding mechanism in what will perhaps be the most significant years to achieve a breakthrough in the eradication of the three diseases. This new strategy offers the opportunity to increase what the Fund does regarding the promotion and protection of human rights.

The new strategy must also be able to demonstrate a clear strategic direction in terms of the sustainability of the programs once the Fund stops working in many countries. To carry out this strategy it is important to sustain and increase the financial commitment of donors, which will be in evidence in the next period of replenishment of resources starting this year.

To date, the Global Fund and its implementers have achieved the following results: 7.3 million people are receiving anti-retroviral treatment; 12.3 million new cases of tuberculosis have been diagnosed and treated; and 450 million insecticide-treated nets were distributed.

There is the need for further guidance on the mandate of the Global Fund when it comes to interventions in co-infections and co-morbidities, as it is the case of viral hepatitis. The proposal is very progressive regarding the role of the Fund in the treatment of these infections, but unclear in relation to the origin of the financial resources, since the discussed decision includes the provision of not disturbing the existing resources allocated to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

In relation to the new financing model, 75% the proposals have been recommended to proceed to the stage of agreed subsidies. Similarly, 16 regional proposals whose total demand represents 148 million dollars have been received. Therefore, significant cuts in the request are expected by organizations and regional mechanisms.

Within the most important aspects already implemented are the introduction of minimum requirements on human rights in contracts for subsidies and a new system of complaints of human rights violations.

In short, the Global Fund is starting a process of reformulation of the strategy and it is important that not only Governments but civil society participate actively.

Source: http://www.corresponsalesclave.org/2015/03/la-junta-se-reune-para-revisar-la-estrategia-del-fondo-mundial.html